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With the NBA regular season tip-off two weeks away, teams are currently playing their exhibition games. Although it is still preseason, head coaches still want their star players on the court. While they only play limited minutes it’s important that they’re on the court in order to mentor the rookies, get a feel for how the team is playing relative to practice, and because--probably the main reason--they don’t like sitting on the bench! But there is always that risk of injury (with any sport) and that’s something coaches and players have to take into consideration. With that said, reigning MVP Kevin Durant suffered a fracture on the outside of his foot on Saturday...during practice! Of course, any professional player can sustain an injury during any point-in-time during their career it’s just very unfortunate that it had to happen while practicing. An upside to him fracturing it now is that he will be back with ample time left in the season so it shouldn’t hinder the Thunder’s chance for a playoff berth.

 The injury Durant suffered is called a Jones fracture. A Jones fracture is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal (on the outside or lateral side of the foot) approximately 3/4-inches from the base. There is a debate as to whether or not fractures should be treated conservatively or surgically and it all depends on the severity of the fracture, the “type” of patient (i.e., professional athlete vs. regular patient), and the surgeon. In Durant’s case, he is a professional athlete who needs to be back on the court as soon as possible and the Thunder’s medical staff is leaning towards surgical intervention (because that’s what they feel will get him back on the court the quickest). However, there have been other professional athletes who have sustained fractures that were treated conservatively and the results were just as good. Surgical and conservative treatment options both have positives and negatives each of which will be measured properly by medical professionals.

 The fifth metatarsal is the most common fractured metatarsal and the fracture can occur at many different points within the bone. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained surgical specialists who are able to diagnose and treat any type of fracture in the foot. So if you experience pain on the outside of your foot and there was some type of trauma associated with it, odds are it is a fracture, so please don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment. We wish Kevin Durant a speedy recovery and hope he returns without any complications!

 By Varun Gujral

 

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